Main Stage Lineup!

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CHRIS CAIN

Chris Cain offers up a soulful stew of Memphis style electric blues. His powerfully deep vocals and jazz inspired, blues guitar riffs are unforgettable; uniquely his own, while reminiscent of the legendary BB King and Albert King. As a child, Chris Cain attended concerts with his dad to hear many of the great blues artists of the time. When Cain burst onto the blues scene in 1987 with his award winning debut album, he soon found himself sharing the stage and trading licks with a few of those legends, including Albert King and Albert Collins. Chris Cain has released a dozen albums, each filled with soul-stirring songs pulled from his own blues drenched heart. His brand of blues is unforgettable.

TERESA JAMES

and the Rhythm Tramps

Her persuasive pipes slathered in honey and soaked in Texas-bred sass, keyboardist Teresa James and her band, the Rhythm Tramps, have long reigned as one of Los Angeles’ leading contemporary blues outfits, even though their uncommonly imaginative repertoire, much of it supplied by Terry Wilson, James’ husband, producer, and bassist, is by no means strictly limited to the 12-bar form.  Their 2019 CD Here in Babylon was nominated for a Grammy in the Contemporary Blues Album category. 

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ANNI PIPER

One listen will tell you why in her homeland Anni Piper is known as the First Lady of Blues. Not only is she a sultry vocalist, but an insightful composer, accomplished bass player and show stopping performer. Born and raised in Australia, her passion for blues was ignited by the sound of Stevie Ray Vaughan. Piper has called the United States home since 2014.

DALLAS HODGE

Hodge was born in Detroit in 1954 and participated together with brother Catfish Hodge in the Catfish Hodge Band early on; then performed with James Montgomery (B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy, Bruce Springsteen); was the guitarist and backing vocalist for Chicken Legs; then was blessed to perform with the legendary Johnny Winter, Steve Marriott (Humble Pie), Alto Reed (Bob Seger); and, then was the lead singer and songwriter for Canned Heat; all the time involved with his own solo career.

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JOHN JANUARY BAND

Guitarist and Singer John January, known far and wide for his energetic performances, is a Billboard Magazine Award Winning Songwriter.  He is also honored as a great Blues artist in the Blues Hall Of Fame.  Entertaining West Coast audiences from Mexico to Vancouver British Columbia, John has performed with notables such as Curtis Salgado, Greg Douglas, Sha Na Na's Jaco Marcellino, and Sue Palmer.  As the guitarist for the all-star band Little Monsters, as well as Michele Lundeen and Blues Streak, John learned the specialty of putting on exciting shows.  

 

Kelly's Lot

Kelly Z met guitar player and soundman, Perry Robertson in 1996, who soon after produced  ‘Kelly’s Lot - Live at the Troubadour’. Within a year he joined the band, started writing songs with Kelly Z and added the southern rock and Texas influences that have shaped their sound. As a duo or band, they have played coffee shops, theaters, festivals, clubs, house concerts and a variety of events. 

Their songs have been heard in movies and television and covered by other artists. Perry Robertson, who shares songwriting and band leader credits with Kelly Z, has recorded and produced most of the band’s music including the 2019 release 'Can't Take My Soul’ which featured Americana, Blues, Folk and Roots/Rock creations.

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ACOUSTIC STAGE

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Left Coast Groovies

Formed in 2008 the Left Coast Groovies are a Southern Blues Rock Americana based jam band playing a mix of covers and original music. 

 Mike Fleming-Lead Vocals, Guitars, Jimmy Amason-Lead Guitar, Vocals, Wil Anderson-Bass Guitar, Kyle Burnham-Drums, Mark Infante-Harmonica, Vocals

Dirty Pool Blues Band

A local dirty blues & old burned out rock band that's just

looking to play some good ole Rockin' Blues music with a few bonehead friends around town... and we'll throw down a few

classic rock tunes just to mix it up a tad bit. 

*Eric Ponce De Leon (guitar and lead vocals)
*Brian "HOOCH' Malfitano (bass & backup vocals)
*Rafael Santos (drums)
*Alan Garrison (vocals & harmonica) 

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Mystic Red

One of Bakersfield's most popular and talented female vocalist,

Sheri Warfield returns to the mountain and is bringing her stellar band with her to once again rock The Sportsman. Joining her to perform her potent mix of rock, funk and blues will be Eddie Marquardt on guitar, Ray Sadolsky on Bass and Roger Hoinacki on drums. Their past performances at the Fest have packed the house, and they usually bring some surprise guests to join them during the evening. Dont miss this chance to see one of Bakersfield's best and most in demand cover bands.

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Mister Wilson

Band Bio Coming Soon

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Turquoise

A fun rock band offering a wide range of styles, specializing in smooth vocal harmonies and tight instrumental stylings.